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NFL morning after: A snowy Sunday like no other

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Is there anything better than sitting in the comfort of your warm home and watching football in the snow?

Has there ever been anything better than sitting in the comfort of your warm home and watching the three and a half hours of football we got early on Sunday afternoon?

Let’s say you were (like me) sitting at home on Sunday, watching all the games thanks to the magic of DirecTV and multiple screens and the Red Zone Channel. Let’s say you had a buddy who had some work or family obligation, and he called you after the early games were over to ask you what he’d missed. How would you possibly convey to him everything that happened? (Other than to tell him that his work or his family really sucks for making him miss a day like this.)

Of the nine early games, eight of them were played in brutal winter weather. Detroit at Philadelphia was a blizzard of apocalyptical proportions, and we also had snow with Miami at Pittsburgh, Kansas City at Washington, Minnesota at Baltimore and Atlanta at Green Bay. It was also cold, if not snowing, for Indianapolis at Cincinnati, Cleveland at New England, and Oakland at New York Jets. Only the Bills-Buccaneers game in Tampa (which only the most masochistic of Bills and Bucs fans could watch) was played in good weather.

And, let’s face it, football is just a lot more fun in bad weather. Yes, it’s sloppy. Yes, it’s brutal for the fans in the stands. But the sloppiness makes for some crazy plays we wouldn’t otherwise see, and I sure didn’t get the sense that any fans in the stands on Sunday were anything less than thrilled with the great games they were getting. (Well, maybe not in Washington, but more on that later.)

It’s fun to see players slipping and sliding on the field, falling face-first into the snow and then picking snow out of their facemasks. It looks like what we used to do when we were kids, when we’d get tackle football games going in the snow at recess and then spend the rest of the school day in wet socks and pants.

And what games we got! Lions-Eagles was a winter classic, a game that looked for most of the day like it would result in the Lions winning a brutal defensive struggle, only to suddenly change to the Eagles winning a fourth-quarter shootout. Falcons-Packers was a back-and-forth battle that went down to the final second. Dolphins-Steelers had what appeared to be an ending worthy of the Stanford marching band, with Pittsburgh lateraling five times before Antonio Brown ran into the end zone as time expired — except that Brown stepped out of bounds. Browns-Patriots went from looking like one of the biggest upsets of the year, to looking like an incredible New England comeback, to looking like one of the most awful things Cleveland fans have ever gone through (which is really saying something).

And then there’s the ending of Vikings-Ravens. Through the first 57 minutes, this was a dull game, notable mostly for Adrian Peterson getting carted off the field. And then something amazing happened. with 2:05 to play, Baltimore’s Joe Flacco hit Dennis Pitta in the end zone for an apparent game-winning touchdown. Then, with 1:27 to play, Minnesota’s Toby Gerhart rumbled 41 yards for an apparent game-winning touchdown. Then, on the ensuing kickoff, Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones raced 77 yards for an apparent game-winning touchdown. Then, with 45 seconds left, Minnesota’s Cordarrelle Patterson raced down the field for an apparent game-winning 79-yard touchdown. And then, with four seconds left, Flacco hit Marlon Brown in the end zone for what finally was really the game-winning touchdown.

Five touchdowns in the last 2:05. Amazing. Six lead changes in the fourth quarter, the first time that has ever happened in NFL history.

With the NFL preparing to put the Super Bowl in New Jersey in two months, there’s been much hand-wringing about whether we’re really ready for a Super Bowl in a blizzard. We can only hope the football we get on Super Bowl Sunday is as good as the football we got on this cold and snowy Sunday.

Here are my other thoughts on Sunday’s games:

How is Jeff Triplette still an NFL referee? Triplette has been an NFL referee since 1999. He has consistently been the worst ref in the business. What we usually see from Triplette is general incompetence, things like what he did last week in Washington, when he failed to notice that the down marker had wrongly been changed to first down late in the game. But what we saw on Sunday in Cincinnati was even worse: Triplette used replay to reverse a correct ruling on the field, giving the Bengals a touchdown that they didn’t actually score. Colts defensive tackle Josh Chapman tripped Cincinnati’s BenJarvus Green-Ellis in the backfield, and he was correctly ruled down on the field. But Triplette somehow looked at the replay and called it a touchdown. After the game, Triplette was asked if Chapman tripped Green-Ellis, and Triplette answered, “I don’t know about that.” Um, Jeff? It’s your job to know. It’s totally unacceptable that the NFL keeps trotting Triplette out there, week after week, when he simply isn’t up to the task of being an NFL referee.

Appreciating Tom Dempsey. Broncos kicker Matt Prater booted an NFL record 64-yard field goal on Sunday, meaning that Tom Dempsey, who hit a game-winning 63-yard field goal in 1970 (in New Orleans, without the benefit of Denver’s elevation), no longer owns a share of the record. But while Dempsey no longer owns an NFL record, a man who was born without toes on his right foot and without fingers on his right hand but who nonetheless became a great kicker. Dempsey is one of the great stories in the history of the NFL.

Does Washington have the worst special teams ever? All season long we’ve been talking about how bad the special teams in Washington are, but they reached a new low on Sunday by giving up 158 punt return yards and a touchdown, and 123 kickoff return yards and a touchdown — before halftime. The stats website Football Outsiders said last week — before Sunday’s fiasco — that Washington was on pace to have the fifth-worst special teams ever. Maybe a lousy effort over the last few games will be enough to get Washington to worst ever. Mike Shanahan has been saying all season that he supports his special teams coach, Keith Burns. If Shanahan supports these special teams, then Shanahan shouldn’t be a head coach.

Bernard Pollard was a victim of his own reputation. Pollard has long been known for committing personal fouls and causing injuries, but on Sunday in Denver he put a perfectly clean, shoulder-to-shoulder hit on Broncos receiver Eric Decker . . . and was flagged for a helmet-to-helmet hit anyway. Pollard may have reached the point where the officials don’t give him the benefit of the doubt, but on this play there is no doubt: Pollard delivered a hard but legal hit, and the officials flagged him anyway.

A great game — and career — for John Abraham. Abraham had three sacks in the Cardinals’ win over the Rams on Sunday, giving him 133 for his career. That moves him into ninth place in NFL history, and it raises a question: Is Abraham a Hall of Famer? I would probably lean toward “no,” but he at least deserves consideration. He’s among the best pass rushers of his generation, and at age 35 he still doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

Peyton Manning was brilliant on Sunday. Manning completed 39 of 59 passes for 397 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions, and his numbers would have been even better than that if his receivers hadn’t dropped several perfect passes. Manning, who needs just six touchdown passes to break Tom Brady’s single-season record of 50, had his huge game despite bitter cold temperatures in Denver. So much for the talk that Manning can’t play in the cold. Manning looked on Sunday like he enjoys football in the cold weather just as much as the rest of us.

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  1. GBwomenrhot says: Dec 9, 2013 7:56 AM

    NO ONE will remember Matt Prater in this day and age of 55 yard FG’s being the norm….in most people’s minds it will still be Tom Dempsey’s record.

  2. bucrightoff says: Dec 9, 2013 8:07 AM

    You watch the Bills-Bucs to appreciate the great Lavonte David, the most criminally unknown player in the league.

  3. mrsmell says: Dec 9, 2013 8:07 AM

    Abrahman and HOF. That is a good one. The more I think about, I am leaning towards yes. The best ATL has seen, pretty darn good in NY, and contributing in ARI. Injuries and time miss are probably why he wont get in.

  4. varnbo says: Dec 9, 2013 8:15 AM

    It’s not just Triplette, all throughout the league fans & teams are subject to officiating that seems to get worse every week. Officials are now impacting the results of games weekly.

    How many bad, game altering calls were there just yesterday?

  5. jmblosser82 says: Dec 9, 2013 8:16 AM

    Pollard wasn’t the only repeat offender that got a flag based on rep Sunday. Clark was in for a clean tackle when the receiver ducked and head butted the top of Clark’s helmet and Clark got flagged, I will lose all faith in Goodell if Clark gets fined/suspended.

  6. reed20fence says: Dec 9, 2013 8:19 AM

    Any record in Denver should be taken with a grain of salt or an asterisk.

    Peyton setting records by dinking and dunking and taking advantage of that thin air to tire out defenses? Asterisk*

    Prater booting a 64 yarder in thin air to break a real record that has stood for 43 years? Asterisk*

    And both those guys know it.

  7. terrorhawk2 says: Dec 9, 2013 8:22 AM

    pollard hit was spectacular…

    NFL officiating is so scared to miss a call on big hits…

    beating a dead horse here i know, but get ready f0r these times to seem “rugged” in years to come

  8. em0909153 says: Dec 9, 2013 8:22 AM

    I think we can all say those were the best set of early games ever. I would like someone to find a better set of 100 games with the weather and finishes we had yesterday. Almost had a march madness 1st round feel. Thank directv so I could see all.

  9. doctorart2013 says: Dec 9, 2013 8:26 AM

    As an Eagles fan, it was a classic for the ages, looking like a sure loss most of the game the Eagles jumped out of the grave and put an all time beat down on the Lions that could have been a 40-20 victory. At one point I couldn’t see a thing on the snowy screen, and then BINGO we ripped off 28 straight…Awesome…EAGLES!!!!!

  10. vicksbitch says: Dec 9, 2013 8:30 AM

    I think Shady McCoy deserves special mention. 217 rushing yards on a field that had 8 inches of snow in some parts.

  11. fatsolio says: Dec 9, 2013 8:32 AM

    Yeah so much for the criticism of Manning in the cold since one game wipes out multiple games where he has been below his standard. Even with yesterday his accuracy was all over the place with many balls either too high or too low requiring solid plays by the receivers to catch them if they even did.

    His accuracy is usually what regresses in the cold and it did so yesterday and I am willing to bet it will for the next few super cold games he plays in. This isn’t really a shot at him as it is happens to many QBs with only a few that seem to keep their accuracy the same in the cold. Still, it does happen and he needs to accept it instead of act like nothing about him changes.

    One thing that doesn’t usually get mentioned regarding him and cold weather games is how often his receivers drop passes. Manning may regress in the cold but so do his receivers and that has been the case his entire career.

  12. groleo45 says: Dec 9, 2013 8:35 AM

    If we’re talking bad calls here, I’m not sure how Hochuli doesn’taat least get an honorable mention.

    Not a single person who watched that game had ANY idea why Suh got called for a hold on that 2 point try. 2 free points to Philly with absolutely no reasonable rationale. This 2 plays after the 100% phantom roughing call on Fairley. The officiating in this league is a joke.

  13. Youknowimright says: Dec 9, 2013 8:36 AM

    NO ONE will remember Matt Prater in this day and age of 55 yard FG’s being the norm….in most people’s minds it will still be Tom Dempsey’s record.

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    I think prater’s recors is very valid. It’s not like he is doing it with improved equipment like in tennis or golf. It’s a leg. And if anything dempsey’s record is tainted because he basically kicked it through the uprights with an anvil of a foot that was tough to miss the sweet spot on.

  14. Youknowimright says: Dec 9, 2013 8:38 AM

    If we’re talking bad calls here, I’m not sure how Hochuli doesn’taat least get an honorable mention.

    Not a single person who watched that game had ANY idea why Suh got called for a hold on that 2 point try. 2 free points to Philly with absolutely no reasonable rationale. This 2 plays after the 100% phantom roughing call on Fairley. The officiating in this league is a joke.

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    completely agreed. The officiating changed the entire momentum of that game yesterday. The new name of the league is the NCFL. The non-contact football league.

  15. jimw81 says: Dec 9, 2013 8:41 AM

    Ed Hochuli topped yesterday’s eagles game in the 4th qtr, “We can’t see the goal line.”

  16. Youknowimright says: Dec 9, 2013 8:44 AM

    Schwartz should be fired today, immediately. How he could not figure out what they were doing was unbelievable. Basically they doubled the def tackles on evry play and stopped running laterally. They new that the ends in that whether did not need to be blocked and the stacked LB’s could be blown by quickly because their lateral movement was no match for shady or polk straight ahead. yes chris polk did the same thing to that def, so don’t get all shadyied up philly. They figured out the weather and detroit didn’t.

  17. Youknowimright says: Dec 9, 2013 8:46 AM

    * weather not whether. before all of the english majors jump on here and correct it.

  18. eagleswin says: Dec 9, 2013 8:47 AM

    How is Jeff Triplette still an NFL referee?

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    Maybe you media types should’ve thought about the quality of the regular referees before begging the regular refs to come back no matter what they asked for. They asked for no accountability on calls and the media was fine with that.

    You got what you wanted so don’t act surprised when there’s no accountability out there. I’m absolutely shocked that the media and players thought only about the short term (as in 7 days ahead at the most) and didn’t realize what the longterm ramifications were of their nonstop bashing of goodell and the replacement refs.

    The regular refs kept regular college refs from refereeing because an NFL ref is head of the NCAA refs and told them all they’d never ref again if they reffed a single NFL game. Where was the media and player outrage at that outrageous conflict of interest? Not a peep. Everyone was to busy butt kissing the regular refs.

    Pat Summerall was the most miserable broadcaster last year and he did was bitch and moan about the refs. In between complaining he’d occasionally tell you the score.

  19. exnavysub says: Dec 9, 2013 8:48 AM

    Bill Bellichick was right. Coaches need the ability to challenge anything, including penalties. Its hard to get things right sometimes, but when the refs are looking as bad as theyve ever looked, it is their own fault that we need this.
    With as much money as the league makes and as big an industry the NFL has become, fans and even the teams deserve better. It is unacceptable to allow this trend to continue and for the NFL to do nothing about it. Why watch a game to see the refs directly impact and influence the outcome of games?

  20. pksullivanmha says: Dec 9, 2013 8:48 AM

    Peyton is the best. @footballady52🏈

  21. eagleswin says: Dec 9, 2013 8:55 AM

    varnbo says:
    Dec 9, 2013 8:15 AM
    It’s not just Triplette, all throughout the league fans & teams are subject to officiating that seems to get worse every week. Officials are now impacting the results of games weekly.

    How many bad, game altering calls were there just yesterday?

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    You can thank the media and sites like PFT for the referees have zero accountability on calls during the regular season. They might not ref the superbowl if they don’t make the grade but that’s the worst punishment avialabile.

    Goodell tried for accountability but got blasted for it.

  22. scottwsx96 says: Dec 9, 2013 8:56 AM

    The reversed call by Jeff Triplette in the Indanapolis vs. Cincinnati game was egregious, and I’m a Bengals fan. Luckily it wasn’t the difference in the game. I’m glad the Bengals won by more than seven points or we would never hear the end of that one.

    That said, there were other really bad calls yesterday that probably did affect the outcome of the games. The pass interference call on Leon McFadden against Josh Boyce near the end of the Cleveland vs. New England Game was absolutely atrocious and basically ensured that the Patriots would come from behind to win that game.

    The Ravens also benefited from a highly questionable pass interference penalty against the Vikings that set up their touchdown with very little time left.

    I think penalties should be reviewable. No calls should not, but there have been so many flags thrown incorrectly on pass interference, holding, personal fouls, and horse collar tackles the past couple of years and it should be brought to video review to have the opportunity to prove that the hit or play was within the rules and should not have been flagged.

  23. dkdawg says: Dec 9, 2013 9:03 AM

    Do not forget that Jeff Triplette is also the guy that threw the flag into Orlando Browns eye and pretty much ended his career…

  24. tigerlilac says: Dec 9, 2013 9:09 AM

    The refs have a tough job. I watched the Patriots-Browns game yesterday and their was holding on virtually every play. The cheap shots in the game, from both sides, went uncalled except on an absurd foul when Talib pulled a receiver down by his face mask and actually picked his own safety (which led to a Brown’s touchdown anyway). Possibly the best tight end to suit up will have his career shortened because other teams cannot defend him so they constantly take him out with cheap shots of questionable legality. The NFL protects quarterbacks but they don’t protect tightends. A cornerback lets a receiver beat him deep with 45 seconds to go in the game and up by five points. The corner doesn’t play the ball and grabs at the receiver’s arms and shoulder impeding his progress from the 10-yard line into the end zone and his coach (whose team gave up two touchdowns in 30 seconds) complains about the PI call. None of us could ref any better.

  25. sb44champs says: Dec 9, 2013 9:11 AM

    No mention of Brees hitting 50,000 yards…. and in less games than Peyton Manning..

  26. vikesfan320 says: Dec 9, 2013 9:11 AM

    If you’re going to call out Jeff Triplette, you need to call out Pete Morelli and his crew, too. I don’t blame the refs for losses – and I know the Vikings should’ve done more to win so don’t start on that – but he was awful yesterday. The Toby fumble was atrocious, the peel back was bad and called out by the announcers, the first pass interference when Flacco threw in the area of four defensive backs and two receivers was dubious, and the pass interference on Chad Greenway was laughable. He had four game-altering calls.

    Let’s put it this way – I hardly know any referees’ names (outside of Ed Hocculi), but now I know Pete Morelli and to look out for him. For the NFL, that’s a bad thing.

  27. linemanguy74 says: Dec 9, 2013 9:17 AM

    Snow had a big effect on the eye site of a lot of the officials

  28. thetruthcampaign says: Dec 9, 2013 9:18 AM

    Yeah, I like the blame the elements for the Lion’s lack of run D late in the game, but Philly played in the same elements and won. McCoy’s record day was due to the elements. Make no mistake. He’s a stud, but that would not have happened in good conditions. I hate watching snowy football. To me, while fun to play in, conditions should be as good as possible to be sure you’re getting the surest result. It is what it is. The Lion’s made their typical turnovers, which could have been a lot worse.

  29. eagleswin says: Dec 9, 2013 9:19 AM

    exnavysub says:
    Dec 9, 2013 8:48 AM
    Bill Bellichick was right. Coaches need the ability to challenge anything, including penalties. Its hard to get things right sometimes, but when the refs are looking as bad as theyve ever looked, it is their own fault that we need this.
    With as much money as the league makes and as big an industry the NFL has become, fans and even the teams deserve better. It is unacceptable to allow this trend to continue and for the NFL to do nothing about it. Why watch a game to see the refs directly impact and influence the outcome of games?

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    That’s funny, I remember this site among others saying that we needed to get the regular refs back at all costs before the replacement refs influenced the outcome of a game. Thank god Goodell listened to all the media and players who wanted Goodell to give the refs whatever they wanted in order to come back. Part of that was no accountability on calls but it was worth it wasn’t it?

    Imagine how things would’ve gone differently if college refs had been allowed to ref NFL games last year? Oh yea, they weren’t because the head of NCAA reffing was an NFL regular ref and threatened to ban any ref who worked an NFL game.

    To bad we don’t know of any sports website who would’ve made an issue out of that conflict of interest.

  30. chemebiker says: Dec 9, 2013 9:21 AM

    Everyone talks about the thin air in Denver, which is very true.

    However, on a brutal cold day like we had yesterday, air is also MUCH thicker. Air is 14% less dense than sea level here in Denver on a typical summer day. Yesterday with the cold, the air was only 4-5% less dense then sea level. Prater did it with minimal ‘advantage’ and on a very, very cold day.

    Anyone who has seen Prater live pregame has seen him bang it through from nearly 70 yards.

    Prater earned it.

  31. cunninghampeetemcnabbvick says: Dec 9, 2013 9:21 AM

    groleo45 says:
    Dec 9, 2013 8:35 AM
    If we’re talking bad calls here, I’m not sure how Hochuli doesn’taat least get an honorable mention.

    Not a single person who watched that game had ANY idea why Suh got called for a hold on that 2 point try. 2 free points to Philly with absolutely no reasonable rationale. This 2 plays after the 100% phantom roughing call on Fairley. The officiating in this league is a joke.

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    No honorable mention for how bad the Lions played? Not a single person on that team had ANY idea how to stop the Eagles. 28 points to Philly in the 4th quarter with absolutely no defense. This after 3 quarters with 100% no offense. The Lions are a joke!

  32. jnks10 says: Dec 9, 2013 9:22 AM

    If we’re talking bad calls here, I’m not sure how Hochuli doesn’taat least get an honorable mention.

    Not a single person who watched that game had ANY idea why Suh got called for a hold on that 2 point try. 2 free points to Philly with absolutely no reasonable rationale. This 2 plays after the 100% phantom roughing call on Fairley. The officiating in this league is a joke.

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    Funny how you forgot to mention the 2-3 pass interference calls (one of which Riley Coopers Left hand was being dragged to the ground as he was trying to catch the ball) is just completely not mentioned by you? In the course of a game things go both ways. You fumble 7 times you deserve to lose. Try blaming the game on that and not the refs.

  33. therealtruth210 says: Dec 9, 2013 9:23 AM

    doctorart2013 says:
    Dec 9, 2013 8:26 AM
    As an Eagles fan, it was a classic for the ages, looking like a sure loss most of the game the Eagles jumped out of the grave and put an all time beat down on the Lions that could have been a 40-20 victory. At one point I couldn’t see a thing on the snowy screen, and then BINGO we ripped off 28 straight…Awesome…EAGLES!!!!!

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    Yeah great job Eagles you are now the the 6th best team in the NFC behind Seattle, 40ers, Saints, Panthers & COWBOYS!! so it will be another year without a Championship 54 years and counting. So please just shut up Eagles fans

  34. sb44champs says: Dec 9, 2013 9:25 AM

    Triplette is also the ref that got in Joe Horn’s way and prevented a long TD about 10 years ago

  35. therealtruth210 says: Dec 9, 2013 9:26 AM

    GBwomenrhot says:
    Dec 9, 2013 7:56 AM

    NO ONE will remember Matt Prater in this day and age of 55 yard FG’s being the norm….in most people’s minds it will still be Tom Dempsey’s record.

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    Dempsey had a metal plate on his foot, so to me he never had the record in the first place

  36. jnks10 says: Dec 9, 2013 9:33 AM

    therealtruth210 says:
    Dec 9, 2013 9:23 AM
    doctorart2013 says:
    Dec 9, 2013 8:26 AM
    As an Eagles fan, it was a classic for the ages, looking like a sure loss most of the game the Eagles jumped out of the grave and put an all time beat down on the Lions that could have been a 40-20 victory. At one point I couldn’t see a thing on the snowy screen, and then BINGO we ripped off 28 straight…Awesome…EAGLES!!!!!

    ________________________________________

    Yeah great job Eagles you are now the the 6th best team in the NFC behind Seattle, 40ers, Saints, Panthers & COWBOYS!! so it will be another year without a Championship 54 years and counting. So please just shut up Eagles fans

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    Ahhh another 90′s baby dallas fan. Isn’t that cute. It’s december so getting your last shots in before the team and Tony crumbles. I can respect that. Oh and good luck with your cap issues next year. Sure you will have fun with that. See ya in 2020!

  37. humblegorilla says: Dec 9, 2013 9:38 AM

    Nobody is mentioning the “Intentional Grounding” call against Jason Campbell in the final minutes of the game that put the Browns in a 3rd and 17. Not only was Campbell FAR outside the box, but there was a receiver 5 yards from where the ball landed. No Explanation Given.

  38. tigerlilac says: Dec 9, 2013 9:39 AM

    Guys, the definition of atrocious is:
    Extremely evil or cruel; monstrous: an atrocious crime. 2. Exceptionally bad; abominable.

    I don’t think a call be a ref in a football game can reach that level of cruelty but everyone’s bias (for example, you need a team to lose to gain advantage in the playoff hunt) drives their perception of reality. A ref calling a penalty against a player who does not execute (e.g., gets beat deep) at the end of game, where said player tries to make up for his lack of execution by holding (especially when they do it continually and do not try to make a play on the ball) is committing an infraction, even it is the last last minute of the game. No one likes to see games decided, in part, by PI calls but they don’t get called if the defense isn’t beat and plays the ball.

  39. billsboy88 says: Dec 9, 2013 9:49 AM

    Since we are griping about the refs, Jarius Byrd got flagged for roughing the passer yesterday on one of the cleanest QB sacks you will ever see. Mark Kelso, who was calling the game on the radio, just about lost his mind over the call.

    What the heck is legal in the NFL anymore??

  40. linemanguy74 says: Dec 9, 2013 9:54 AM

    One of the tv networks should make a weekly film of the bad calls that are made each week it would take up at least an hour of time

  41. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Dec 9, 2013 10:10 AM

    At first I was sad that the Vikings lost. Then I found out that the loss was the difference between the fourth draft pick and the ninth draft pick. Watching a great game and losing is the best we can hope for. Plus we get to complain about the officiating!

  42. myeaglescantwin says: Dec 9, 2013 10:11 AM

    this will be the year that Brady’s record get broken.

    by two QB’s even.

    Broken by Brees..
    DESTROYED BY MANNING.

  43. grandpoopah says: Dec 9, 2013 10:15 AM

    Yesterday was further evidence that anyone who whines about a cold weather Super Bowl is not a real football fan. If your biggest concern on Super Bowl Sunday is that traffic is going to suck, then tennis and golf are more up your alley.

  44. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 9, 2013 10:16 AM

    You spend 10 minutes talking about how great it is to be sitting at home warm and cosy watching the action from a safe distance. Then you spend 10 minutes trashing the guy (Triplette) down on the field freezing his butt and having to make split second decisions from the chaos of field level. O.K.

  45. turtlehut says: Dec 9, 2013 10:21 AM

    When coaching managers with Hire / fire authority I would tell them that when one looks at their team and sees the “worst” preforming team member, that is their standard for employees. And their team members recognize this.

    When looking at Jeff Tripletts’ performance in repeated games (why do I, a fan, even know his name?), the fans and his fellow officials realize that he represents acceptable performance to the NFL. Another official might “get lucky” and not get fired by performing worse, but as long as their performance is on par with Mr. Tripletts they will be kept on.

  46. Youknowimright says: Dec 9, 2013 10:22 AM

    this will be the year that Brady’s record get broken.

    by two QB’s even.

    Broken by Brees..
    DESTROYED BY MANNING.

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    Passing records will be dropping yearly due to not being able to play defense or hitting anyone too hard. the national flag football league is coming.

  47. whodeybacker says: Dec 9, 2013 10:37 AM

    Re Tripplette. I was at the game. And when plays are reviewed they show on the jumbotron what the umpire is looking at. Its called “under the hood” , real time streaming. And when I watched what Tripplette was looking at, I was amazed that at NOT one time did he review exactly what caused Green Ellis to “trip”. THATS why he couldnt answer the question. I take the Homer call though.

  48. vusnu says: Dec 9, 2013 10:43 AM

    I watched the Philly-Detroit game. Snowstorm? Yes. Apocolyptical blizzard? A bit of a stretch.

  49. packergator says: Dec 9, 2013 10:54 AM

    How can you forget that absolute gift of a PI call to the Patriots at the end of that game?

  50. JP says: Dec 9, 2013 10:56 AM

    Jeff Triplette is awful, he consistently makes befuddling calls and has for years now. This should be his last season as an NFL referee.

  51. whodeybacker says: Dec 9, 2013 11:33 AM

    Adding to my other post – Triplette kept going back and worth frame by frame looking at one angle. And there was a player obstructing the position of the ball relative to the goal line at the point GE’s knees were down. Definitely not enough evidence to overturn the play. Brings up a good question. Why do folks at home have better and more views of a play than the officials on the field?

  52. prostock75 says: Dec 9, 2013 11:37 AM

    “Pat Summerall was the most miserable broadcaster last year and he did was bitch and moan about the refs. In between complaining he’d occasionally tell you the score.”

    Summerall retired 11 years ago

  53. mmmpierogi says: Dec 9, 2013 11:40 AM

    newdolphinslogo says:
    Dec 9, 2013 8:20 AM
    Replays would have shown Big Ben’s lateral was forward. Brown stepping out saved us incessant whining from Steelers fans.

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    Not really. It was clear as day that it was a forward lateral, unless the camera angle was off. There’s nothing really to whine about, incessantly or otherwise.

    Even with it getting called back (either because of Brown stepping out or Ben tossing the ball forward), it was still an exciting end to the game.

  54. broncosaddict says: Dec 9, 2013 11:43 AM

    You should be able to challenge anything you want flag, spot, down by contact, etc. Exception being infractions not called.
    Team’s have at most 3 challenges, the amount of time spent will be the same, so what difference does it make. A flag can be just as much of game changer as a catch/no-catch.

    Officiating has been getting steadily worse the last 5 years or so. It seems like every game I’ve watched this year has been full of inconsistent and piss poor calls. Really wish they would trim the fat and replace most of them.

  55. granadafan says: Dec 9, 2013 11:45 AM

    Not a Lions fan, but I was stunned by the performance of Jeremy Ross who outgained the Lions offense by himself.

  56. cornerstone2001 says: Dec 9, 2013 12:11 PM

    How many bad, game altering calls were there just yesterday?

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    Apparently there are 6 referees voting here on PFT

  57. footballchic777 says: Dec 9, 2013 12:11 PM

    For fans……what a great day of wonderful football! Thanks for the great weather God, and thanks for the great football NFL!

  58. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 9, 2013 12:26 PM

    varnbo says:
    Dec 9, 2013 8:15 AM

    It’s not just Triplette, all throughout the league fans & teams are subject to officiating that seems to get worse every week. Officials are now impacting the results of games weekly.

    How many bad, game altering calls were there just yesterday?
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    The main thing about officiating is there’s no consistency in a game, and game to game.

    One play it’s a hold. Ten plays later, the same ‘hold’ is not a hold. Same thing for PI, illegal block, etc.

    Just be consistent.

  59. zerole00 says: Dec 9, 2013 12:31 PM

    How is Jeff Triplette still an NFL referee?

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    Maybe you media types should’ve thought about the quality of the regular referees before begging the regular refs to come back no matter what they asked for. They asked for no accountability on calls and the media was fine with that.

    You got what you wanted so don’t act surprised when there’s no accountability out there. I’m absolutely shocked that the media and players thought only about the short term (as in 7 days ahead at the most) and didn’t realize what the longterm ramifications were of their nonstop bashing of goodell and the replacement refs.

    The regular refs kept regular college refs from refereeing because an NFL ref is head of the NCAA refs and told them all they’d never ref again if they reffed a single NFL game. Where was the media and player outrage at that outrageous conflict of interest? Not a peep. Everyone was to busy butt kissing the regular refs.

    Pat Summerall was the most miserable broadcaster last year and he did was bitch and moan about the refs. In between complaining he’d occasionally tell you the score.

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    Pretty much what this guy said. If I remember correctly, one of the stipulations the NFL wanted in the new CBA with the refs was the ability to punish or remove refs that were under performing. Of course, with the media riding the NFL about the replacement refs they never got any compromise there so here you go – enjoy your terrible refs.

  60. eagleswin says: Dec 9, 2013 12:36 PM

    prostock75 says:
    Dec 9, 2013 11:37 AM
    “Pat Summerall was the most miserable broadcaster last year and he did was bitch and moan about the refs. In between complaining he’d occasionally tell you the score.”

    Summerall retired 11 years ago

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    Oops, I got the name wrong. I must be getting old myself.

  61. fmc651 says: Dec 9, 2013 12:52 PM

    Forget the snow like no other look at the refs cheating for certain teams like no other weekend. The NFL has a credibility issue. what is with these refs. It was multiple games, with really bad calls that caused teams to lose. Its beginning to look like WWE.

  62. tvguy22 says: Dec 9, 2013 12:58 PM

    It’s a union. Good luck getting rid of incompetent employees.

  63. thetooloftools says: Dec 9, 2013 1:04 PM

    Talk about soft… how does Miami beat Pittsburgh in a game played in snow? Tannyhill had never even played a game in snow.
    Turn in your man card Steelers.

  64. fetchezlavache says: Dec 9, 2013 1:06 PM

    Getting tired of hearing the whining about the Suh holding call. In case you didn’t notice, the Eagles won by more than 2 points. And don’t tell me that it had an impact on the ensuing plays. The next play after the 2 point try was a kickoff no matter the outcome. And the Lions did not change their play calling because the Eagles scored 2. As for Fairley’s hit, don’t forget that the refs swallowed their whistle on the blatant late hit on Smith out of bounds. In the end the Lions lost the game because they turned the ball over in the red zone and didn’t adjust to the Eagles inside zone runs. Give it up!

  65. kingpel says: Dec 9, 2013 1:13 PM

    I think the NFL really needs to address the PI, illegal contact and defensive holding penalties that control the outcomes of games. If a receiver can not get separation on a defensive back, then that means he is covered and should not be getting the ball thrown to him. If the QB decides the throw the ball to a covered man, then then physicality that ensues should be considered incidental contact. The officials have way too much power with these subjective penalties and have not shown that they are consistent or responsible enough to handle it.

    This lobbing it up to 6’5 receivers even though they are covered and expecting no one to touch them is ridiculous. Bring back football. Take the power to control games away from the refs.

  66. rboyett says: Dec 9, 2013 1:24 PM

    Yesterday’s snow games were magnificent! The Eagles / Lions game was GLORIOUS! GLORIOUS I tell you for the first three quarters. The forth quarter was merely entertaining. I thought for sure I had just seen the best football for the month of December.

    Then I watched the end of the Vikings / Ravens game. Now I need to create new colorful adjectives to describe what I saw. I’m literally speechless at the awesomeness displayed on the TV yesterday..

    I LOVE FOOTBALL!!

  67. wydok says: Dec 9, 2013 1:50 PM

    Calling the Eagles/Lions game “a fourth-quarter shootout” isn’t at all accurate. The Eagles stuffed the ball down the Lions throat during the fourth quarter and scored 28 points. How is that “a shoutout”?

  68. strongmackn says: Dec 9, 2013 2:04 PM

    it is such a shame , that we are living in one of the best eras of football, as far as quaterbacking goes, and the topic of officiating comes up more than the history that is being made.

    Imagine if jim brown, barry sanders, and adrian peterson all ran during the same few seasons… and you got to live that… but half the time you talked about football, it was how the game was getting ruined with rules and bad calls.

    Thats what we are livin here folks. A football fans nightmare.

  69. strongmackn says: Dec 9, 2013 2:06 PM

    Go hawks

  70. godofwine330 says: Dec 9, 2013 3:28 PM

    I had an inkling, checked, and yes, Jeff Triplette showed one more example of his incopetence – the weighted flag that he threw into T Orlando Brown’s eye. He needs to be taken out to pasture (a couch) and sit him down on it and “referee” where he can’t do anybody any harm. He is terrible.

    And Abraham, who has quietly surpassed LT in sacks (they don’t count LT’s 9.5 sacks in ’81 because sacks weren’t official yet) and had 8 seasons of 10 or more sacks, I’d say HOF. He had one hellava career and still going.

  71. basedrum777 says: Dec 9, 2013 4:59 PM

    Triplette’s spirit must have been with the ref who called DPI on that play in NE. Or Goddell was in his earpiece saying the Browns could NEVER beat the Pats…

  72. basedrum777 says: Dec 9, 2013 5:23 PM

    HumbleGorilla: the explanation for that intentional grounding was actually given although it was done under the breath of the ref: “Was that brady? No? Ok penalty. The Browns can’t beat the Pats!!!”

  73. dasking730 says: Dec 9, 2013 7:16 PM

    Lets not go busting Peyton’s chops cuz he’s a “dink & dunk” qb (which I totally disagree with, but whatev…). Otherwise all those “Montana’s the best ever” folks will have to jump off that wagon. That guy could barely throw 40 yards down field, and is considered by many to be the best. Let’s also not forget that Manning is only 2 years past a pretty serious neck injury, and is getting to that age where folks just don’t seem to be able to do it as well as they used to. Seems like he’s deserving of more praise for being able to change his game to his new ability, than your want to try to make him look bad for something you couldn’t even do in the first place. But that’s what the internet is good for….

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